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January 20, 2009
From journal A Tour of the Holy City and Museums
July 10, 2008
From journal An Awesome Week in Rome
London, United Kingdom
June 6, 2008
From journal Rome in September
West Chester, Pennsylvania
August 1, 2007
From journal Cruising the Mediterranean
July 23, 2007
From journal When in Rome...
May 22, 2007
From journal A Week in Rome to Wine, Dine, and Tour
New Delhi, India
September 30, 2006
Someone estimated that if you spent 8 hours everyday at the Musei Vaticani, with a minute at each exhibit and one hour off for lunch, it would take you 12 years to complete the circuit. That should give you an idea of how vast this collection is. It exemplifies the grandeur and the wealth of the Vatican, actually, which is mirrored in the Basilica next door.
But for those who can’t afford to spend 12 years seeing the Musei Vaticani, there’s a shorter route through the top attractions of the museums. We followed the crowd, through a series of rooms, and though we almost certainly didn’t see even a hundredth of the exhibits, we were pretty satisfied with what we did see.
We began with a tour of the rooms that house marble statues from ancient Greece and Rome. Among the most stunning (and famous) works here are the Laocoön Group, depicting Laocoön and his two sons battling sea serpents; the Belvedere Torso; and Perseus with the head of Medusa.
From here, we wandered on, past the Room of Raffaelo’s Tapestries (the tapestries were woven in Brussels based on cartoons created by Raphael); the Room of Maps (a long, airy gallery with frescoes of medieval maps); and the Room of Chiaruscuros. This room, in particular, was exceptionally striking. It was decorated with paintings of people in black, white and shades of grey, and each painting had a wonderful three-dimensional effect that almost made it look like relief.
The `quick route’ through the museums took us past a series of rooms, most covered with murals executed by Michelangelo and his students. En route, we also stepped briefly into more modern times- in the Borgia Rooms, which contain Christian art by masters such as Gauguin, Van Gogh and Salvador Dali- there’s a `crucifixion’ by Dali that’s absolutely mesmerising.
Our tour of the Musei Vaticani ended at its most famous section, the Sistina Cappella or the Sistine Chapel. As just about everybody knows, the walls and ceiling of this splendid chapel showcase the genius of Michelangelo: the Creation of Man, the Fall of Man, the Last Judgement, the Temptations of Christ, and many more depictions of Biblical episodes adorn the room. The colours are vivid, the figures perfectly portrayed, the musculature anatomically correct. And although other masters- including Botticelli and Roselli- worked on the chapel, it’s really Michelangelo who made it what it is.
Photography’s allowed in the Musei Vaticani but not in the Sistina Capella. Also note that since it’s a place of worship, you have to be decently clad (no bare shoulders or knees), and you have to keep mum. Ushers at the door constantly hush the crowds flocking into the chapel.
From journal Renaissance Rome
July 13, 2006
From journal Rome
by Ghost Train Rider
May 21, 2006
From journal Rome - Over Too Quickly
January 26, 2006
From journal Rushing through Rome